Tottenham take point from derby with astonishing comeback

October 30th, 2008 - 3:21 pm ICT by IANS  

ArsenalLondon, Oct 30 (DPA) The tale of Harry Redknapp’s reign as Tottenham Hotspur manager took another twist Wednesday as his side struck two late goals to force a 4-4 draw with Arsenal.Redknapp inspired them to their first victory of the season Sunday, hours after taking the job, and Wednesday inspired one of the most extraordinary finishes ever to a north London derby.

David Bentley, having been restored to the Spurs starting line up in Sunday’s 2-1 victory over Bolton, gave Tottenham a 13th-minute lead with a stunning goal, flicking the ball up for himself before smacking a looping volley over Arsenal goalkeeper Manuel Almunia from 35 yards.

Arsenal levelled eight minutes before half-time as Mikael Silvestre heading his first for the club as Heurelho Gomes flapped at Van Persie’s corner.

The Brazilian keeper’s weakness against the crossed ball was exposed again in the first minute of the second half when William Gallas headed in a Van Persie free-kick.

Emmanuel Adebayor poked Arsenal 3-1 up from Samir Nasri’s dink after 64 minutes. Darren Bent pulled one back three minutes later, but within 84 seconds Van Persie had restored the two-goal margin.

Jermaine Jenas capitalised on Gael Clichy’s indecision to make it 4-3 in the 89th minute before a dipping Luka Modric drive - deep into injury-time - smacked the post and fell kindly for Aaron Lennon to jab the equaliser.

Liverpool remained three points clear at the top as Steven Gerrard converted from the penalty spot with 14 minutes remaining to secure a 1-0 victory over Portsmouth, playing their first game since Tony Adams was confirmed as manager.

Chelsea bounced back from Sunday’s defeat to Liverpool, with Frank Lampard putting them ahead in the third minute against Hull before further goals from Nicolas Anelka and Florent Malouda gave them a 3-0 win.

Cristiano Ronaldo struck twice as Manchester United got back to winning ways with a 2-0 victory over West Ham, who have now lost four in a row and have slipped into the bottom half of the table.

Stoke climbed out of the relegation zone with a 1-0 win over Sunderland, as Ricardo Fuller made the most of the confusion caused by a Rory Delap long throw to score the winner after 73 minutes.

Wigan are second bottom after Andy Johnson’s two goals gave Fulham a 2-0 win, while Marouane Fellaini hit a last-minute winner, his second goal in two games, as Everton won 1-0 at Bolton.

An Afonso Alves penalty and a Gary O’Neil goal gave Middlesbrough a 2-0 victory over Manchester City, and Aston Villa beat Blackburn 3-2 to climb to fourth.

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